Garre named SG

President George W. Bush will nominate Gregory C. Garre to be the Justice Department’s top litigator for the remainder of the Bush administration.

Garre, currently principal deputy solicitor general, will also designate Garre to be acting solicitor general while his confirmation is pending before the Senate.

Garre, who earned his law degree at George Washington University, clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and was a partner at Hogan and Hartson before becoming assistant to the solicitor general, and later principal deputy solicitor general of the United States.

Solicitor General Paul Clement announced in May his decision to step down. His last day was today.

Minor courtroom flubs aside, Garre has had a distinguished tenure at the justice department, arguing frequently before the Supreme Court, including high profile cases like Massachusetts v. EPA and Baze v. Rees.

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